Former President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton called his ex-boss “old and tired,” encouraging the GOP to back someone new for 2024.
Mr Bolton, who has had a long and contentious relationship with Mr Trump since he left office, said too many people had turned off the former president in their brains.
“Even though they liked his style, liked his approach, liked his policies, liked everything about him, they weren’t losing and the fear is, given the results on [Nov. 8]that if he got the nomination, not only would he lose the general election, but he would drag a whole lot of Republican candidates with him,” Mr Bolton told the Guardian.
Mr Bolton has his own PAC and super PAC where he is set to raise funds for Republicans, although he has not indicated anyone he will support in the upcoming presidential election.
However, Mr Bolton praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on his solid midterm victory, saying he had had a “very successful run” as governor.
“He was re-elected on [Nov. 8] by a large majority. Many people see him as the next generation candidate. This is one of Trump’s biggest problems – his act is old and tired now,” Mr Bolton said.
Mr Bolton served as Mr Trump’s national security adviser from 2018 to 2019 before he was ousted from the White House. Previously, he served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush administration.
After leaving office, Mr Bolton published a tell-all book referring to Mr Trump as “erratic” and “incredibly ill-informed”.
Mr Trump has since portrayed Mr Bolton as a disgruntled employee, unhappy at being fired.
“A lot of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. I’m just trying to get revenge for sending him away like the sick pup he is,” Mr Trump said. .